Hints & Tips
Finding the perfect gift at Christmas gets ever more difficult every year especially if you want to give something really useful.
So for those wanting to push the boat out this Christmas here are five presents guaranteed to be welcome and really useful at the same time.
This first one might not seem a great gift but just think how useful it would be for a keen camper or someone living in an isolated cottage or who has a workshop at the bottom of the garden.
The Loncin LC8000D-F Petrol Powered Generator is powerful enough to run small machines like drills and saws or even a cement mixer.
It will give you six kilowatts of power with a maximum output of 7.5 kilowatts and has a voltage outputs of 110/230.
The 12 horsepower motor will run for eight hours on a tank of petrol and is quiet when running and has low vibrations. It even has an electric start.
It is fitted with a voltage regulator and has three 32 amp sockets and is easy to move around with transport wheels and a handle to pick it up.
It costs £599 compared with Loncin’s recommended retail price of £991 and we deliver it free within two to three working days.
There is a two year warranty from the manufacturer.
If you know anyone with a constant supply of wood for the fire then this next one is a cracking present.
The MD Pro 12-Ton Quick-Split Petrol Log Splitter – Dual Speed is currently on special offer and designed to be very fast to use.
It has a two speed action as it moves up to the log more quickly and then slows for the splitting motion. And this is particularly useful if you have several log sizes to split – it has a splitting cycle time of ten seconds or less on shorter logs.
It is very robustly built and has an LCT petrol engine which starts easily and has low emission figures.
This splitter can handle twisted and knotted wood easily and is operated using both hands – a useful safety feature.
The front stand flips up to become a tow bar with a pin hitch so it can be towed by lawn tractors and all-terrain vehicles.
The maker’s recommended price is £1099 but we have it for sale for £699, delivered free within two to three working days.
It has a two year maker’s warranty.
A new lawnmower is always a popular present at Christmas and what coule be better than the Hayter Harrier 48 Autodrive Lawnmower with Variable Speed.
Hayter manufacturers lawnmower in this country and has a reputation for producing top quality machines engineered to last – this one has a five year warranty.
Particularly suitable for larger lawns, it has a 48 cm cutting width and with its rear roller will leave the traditional striped finish the epitome of a British garden.
Driving it is a 190 cc Briggs & Stratton engine which starts with a very light pull on the cord and runs very quietly.
It is very easy to use as the forward speed is adjusted to the speed at which the user feels happy to mow.
It trims down to a very low 13 mm and the cutting deck is lined to reduce the noise of the blade and give excellent grass collection. And there is a massive70 litre grass box.
It also has a friction disc so that if you hit something solid it will minimise damage to the engine.
It costs £719, a bog reduction on the recommended retail price of £899 and we deliver it free the next working day.
And to show how good a mower it is it has a five year warranty from Hayter.
This next machine would have come in really handy, the Stiga Snow Fox Dual-Stage Petrol Self-Propelled Snow Blower.
This is a dual stage model which first collects the snow and ice into the front hood and then, thanks to a powerful impellor, blasts it up to 12 metres clear.
Power comes from a Briggs & Stratton Snow Series 205 cc engine and is designed to operate when it’s freezing cold.
It has a recoil start and an electric start and ten metres of cable are supplied for the electric start.
There are six forward and two reverse gears for ease of manoeuvre and the exit chute is adjustable in direction and pitch.
Adjustable snow skids at the front can be adjusted depending on the surface you are clearing.
It costs £1089, £100 less than Stiga’s recommended retail price. We deliver it free the next working day and it has a one year warranty.
It was an old expression used to explain the chores of a dedicated gardener. ‘Well, the lawn won’t cut itself.’
Actually now it can thanks to the latest robotic mowers. For instance the Robomow RL2000 Automatic Robot Lawn Mower will cut a really large lawn while you sit and watch from a garden chair.
These machines are simplicity itself to set up – if the lawn normally takes an hour to cut Robomow can be established in two.
And anyone struggling with a larger lawn to keep in shape would be very pleased indeed with such a machine for Christmas.
This one has a 53 cm cutting width with powerful sharp blades which mulch the clippings returning them to the lawn.
It has a choice of cutting g heights right down to 26 mm and the mower comes with complete kit to get under way.
It costs £1899 and is delivered free the next working day. Plus there is a two year manufacturer’s warranty.
And finally a girft which will be remembered for life.
The Toro ZS5000 Timecutter Zero-Turn Ride-On Mower gives the best manoeuvrability imaginable.
Toro have been manufacturing these types of mower in the USA for 25 years and this one had a 726 cc Kawasaki two cylinder engine and a really large fuel tank to give the power to take on the biggest lawns.
Cutting heights are from 38 mm to 114 mm.
Steering is via two levers and through twin hydrostatic drives to get around garden obstacles really accurately with its 127 cc three-bladed mower deck.
Anti-scalp wheels are fitted to the cutter deck to stop you damaging an uneven lawn and wash ports make it easy to clean the machine after use.
It discharges to the side and can mulch as well but you can buy a twin bagging system as an optional extra.
The costs is £3499, £500 less than Toro’s recommended retail price and there is a range of optional extras – even a rubber floor mat.
We deliver it within five to seven working days and there is a three year manufacturer’s warranty.
These are just a few really top notch presents on our site so have a browse around to see a huge range of gardening gifts across a wide price range.
And if you’re still stumped give our team a ring on 08454 588905 – they’re there to help you.
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